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What kind of mechanic/modder are you?

Just for fun, I know everyone approaches projects/working on cars or whatever floats your boat a little different. Some just dive right in, some like to read the how-tos, some treat it like brain surgery. Who's who?

Me, ever since my teenage/military days I've been an interesting mechanic to watch work. I start off with a meticulously prepared work area, manual/documentation close at hand, nitrile gloves/mechanic gloves on, looking like I kinda have my shit together.

About halfway through the job, things are a little less organized, tools slightly scattered, I have a random swath of grease/dirt/brake dust on my forehead despite having never touched my face, if I'm still wearing gloves they have a couple of fingertips torn off.

At this point, one of two things happen.
A. Things proceed steadily, work gets done, I go inside and shower.

B. Something is being stubborn/rusted/seized/stripped/otherwise a pain in my ass, I start cursing creatively and loudly, tools are usually thrown in all directions. When said offending problem is dealt with/removed I will take a moment to toss it across the yard before assaulting it with abusive language and a hammer. I then drink a beer, and put the car back together.

Every time my neighbors see me setting up to work on a car, I'm sure it's like watching Nascar: you never hope for a crash, but they're so damned entertaining you kinda hope all Hell breaks loose for comedic value. Even I don't know why I start off brainy and technical, and desintegrate into a vitriolic redneck.

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I used to be the kind of person that likes to take it slow (do it once and do it right).... But as of late I don't even want to get anything done... age, weather and family is all I can think of.

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I'm the sort that jumps right in. I do a little research before hand to avoid getting myself into too much trouble. Although, I make sure I do things right the first time. I don't like having to do the same job over again because it was done wrong. The previous owner of my project car allowed me to learn that lesson the hard way... you wouldn't believe some of the stuff he did to that car !

I can totally sympathize with the creative expletives stage of car work. That's usually when I am tempted to "make" things fit/work with what we have dubbed the "Ford Wrench," aka a 3 lb sledge . Luckily, due to tree coverage on 3 sides of the property, the neighbors don't get to witness that side of me.

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I can totally sympathize with the creative expletives stage of car work. That's usually when I am tempted to "make" things fit/work with what we have dubbed the "Ford Wrench," aka a 3 lb sledge . Luckily, due to tree coverage on 3 sides of the property, the neighbors don't get to witness that side of me.
My Dad used to refer to it as "mechanic's vocabulary" and insisted you couldn't fit a car without using some. My Mom was not amused. Incidentally, he was a Ford owner back then too, and VW's.

I haven't had a real blowup since my wife and I moved into our home. Now, the guys that worked around the apartment complex we used to be in, they've stopped by while I was in the middle of yelling and smashing stuff to see if I was okay (one made the comment they heard me from three buildings away, saw my legs poking out from under the car and thought maybe it had landed on me.

Even worse was my parent's neighbors when I lived with them. Ms. Karen was a Navy vet, so lord knows she'd heard worse than I could dish out when I was 17/Pre-Army. Some of my other neibhors were not prepared for the kind of passionate exchange of vocabulary an East Texan and his car could have when they were having a disagreement.

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The funny thing about the "Ford Wrench" is that I actually have yet to use it on a Ford lol. I grew up in a GM family, same with my wife's family. My father-in-law is usually the one who helps me work on cars, and he's the one that came up with the name. Thus, we have used it almost exclusively on GM vehicles, and a couple Chryslers.

I just smile and say it's too bad we don't have a "Chevy Wrench," aka a car compactor .

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Im the "brain surgeon" kinda person. I always have to tell myself that i'm not going to break anything when working on things; since it seems that i treat it a little too delicate. Of course i don't tackle anything without extensive knowledge beforehand so your average project may take me twice as long.

I guess it comes from working on electronics and RC cars too much


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Im the "brain surgeon" kinda person. I always have to tell myself that i'm not going to break anything when working on things; since it seems that i treat it a little too delicate. Of course i don't tackle anything without extensive knowledge beforehand so your average project may take me twice as long.

I guess it comes from working on electronics and RC cars too much
Different skillsets. When I'm working on electronics/soldering I'm very meticulous and gentle....cause that shit is a lot more sensitive than a 20-30lb chunk of aluminum or steel. When in mechanic mode, I give the damned car one chance to play nice then I go get a hammer.

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Nah... He's being too gentle

(On a side note, I love watching the British Top Gear)

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I read up on how-tos that aren't even related 50% every time I jump into a job.
I also prefer to remain very very clean, I can't stand even black dust getting on my hands. I don't use nitrile gloves though, I do use work gloves every so often, but I also keep around a spray bottle with soapy water and wipe my hands off all the time.
Picked it up from one of my dad's racing mechanics I suppose, he always had a rag and was always wiping his hands as well.

I get my tools a little all over the place mid-job but definitely try to keep it as organized as possible.

I definitely don't keep any documents around though, they'd get dirty way to quickly, hence why I look up all the how-tos I can, typically a week or even a solid month in advance and study up until I know it.


I am the kind of person that loves to work on his own car, and abhors working on others'.

My car is clean, really clean, underside included. So really all my hands ever do see is some black dust. I never have to strip or ruin a bolt or nut, and I never have issues.
Then I work on other people's cars, and out comes the gloves.. and usually end up stripping someone because I don't know why.

Typically stripping stuff though happens when the other person starts and I have to finish up.

This is why I'm starting to think I'll stop doing install days as a group, because I feel like I'm the only person that knows what I'm doing / how to do it / what the proper tool to use is.
Which, the real issue for me then is... I don't have any tools to fix any damaged or bolts or nuts, because it never happens on my car.
Time to invest in some vice grips I suppose (that's right, I don't even have vice grips!)

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